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"Experience working at Microsoft"

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Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Great company, Good work-life balance, competitive benefits and salaries. Company has a great culture of GIVING to the community.

Cons

Annual performance review is based on relative rating with your peers within your team and with your other peers across the teams. Since it is relative and the performance curve is forced, some % of people have to fall in all the buckets of rating(1,2,3,4,5). Due to this, peers don't help each other much which results in lack of team collaboration.

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  1. "amazing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Business, capacity to create impact

    Cons

    Not flexible, time to market response

    Advice to Management

    don't lose the business innovation capability


  2. Helpful (1)

    "1000 mid-sized / small companies under 1 name"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some teams have solid engineers and engineering practices, but the quality can vary greatly from what I experienced.

    Microsoft does many different things so there is likely something for everyone at this company.

    Really good compensation package and excellent benefits. Amazing work life balance.

    Cons

    Working with other teams can be very challenging, especially when they are in a different division. May need to go up several managers, in my experience one time 6 levels, and back down to work with the other team.

    Too much focus on yearly review, sometimes I would be working on things just to have some pony piece to show at the end of the year, instead of working towards a common goal.

    Weather in Seattle / Redmond / Bellevue area can be cloudy many months of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Stack ranking review process should be done away with.

    Teams within the company should work better together towards more common goals.

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